The 60th State College, PA Christmas Bird Count held on December 20th recorded 67 species and 13,250 individuals. Best species included MUTE SWAN (6th count), AMERICAN WIGEON (6th count), HOODED MERGANSER (2nd count), and SAVANNAH SPARROW (3rd count). New high totals for the count were established for the following species: GREAT BLUE HERON, AM. WIGEON, MOURNING DOVE, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, GOLDEN-CR. KINGLET, RUBY-CR. KINGLET, AM. ROBIN, CEDAR WAXWING, and AM. TREE SPARROW. Two new count week species for the SC CBC were added by David Brandes, who tallied 7 BALD EAGLES and 15 GOLDEN EAGLES on Bald Eagle Mtn. during count week.

Great Blue Heron

*83

Mute Swan

2

Canada Goose

337

Wood Duck

1

Green-winged Teal

5

American Black Duck

25

Mallard

916

American Wigeon

*5

Hooded Merganser

1

Bald Eagle

CW

Sharp-shinned Hawk

2

Cooper's Hawk

5

Red-shouldered Hawk

2

Red-tailed Hawk

43

Rough-legged Hawk

1

Golden Eagle

CW

American Kestrel

19

Ruffed Grouse

9

American Coot

CW

Killdeer

1

Common Snipe

4

Ring-billed Gull

2

Rock Dove

1404

Mourning Dove

*860

Eastern Screech-Owl

6

Great Horned Owl

7

Barred Owl

1

Belted Kingfisher

15

Red-bellied Woodpecker

*53

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

1

Downy Woodpecker

129

Hairy Woodpecker

37

Northern Flicker

12

Pileated Woodpecker

8

Horned Lark

17

Blue Jay

306

American Crow

945

Fish Crow

42

Common Raven

5

Black-capped Chickadee

396

Tufted Titmouse

210

Red-breasted Nuthatch

7

White-breasted Nuthatch

158

Brown Creeper

16

Carolina Wren

32

Winter Wren

4

Golden-crowned Kinglet

*149

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

*8

Eastern Bluebird

58

Hermit Thrush

11

American Robin

*582

Gray Catbird

1

Northern Mockingbird

33

Cedar Waxwing

*505

European Starling

2172

Northern Cardinal

219

American Tree Sparrow

*632

Field Sparrow

5

Savannah Sparrow

1

Fox Sparrow

1

Song Sparrow

71

Swamp Sparrow

4

White-throated Sparrow

348

White-crowned Sparrow

8

Dark-eyed Junco

973

Red-winged Blackbird

2

Common Grackle

1

House Finch

533

American Goldfinch

169

House Sparrow

630

Total Species (Count Day) = 67
Total Individuals = 13250
* = New count high
CW = Count-week species

Christmas Bird Count results are available at:
http://www.audubon.org

John Peplinski
Thu, 31 Dec 1998